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Walnut Street Theatre (Philadelphia, PA)
Philadelphia, PA

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Based on the play "The Front Page" by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur

Willis Tower & Paramount to Celebrate 30th Anniversary of FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY
by Movies News Desk - May 9, 2016

Bueller? Bueller? Bueller? The Willis Tower's Skydeck Chicago, the highest observation deck in the United States located on the 103 rd floor of the iconic landmark building, announced today it will host a summer-long celebration of the 30th anniversary of Paramount Pictures' fan-favorite movie, Ferris Bueller's Day Off. (more...)

BWW Interview: Miriam Drysdale of DISENCHANTED! Discusses Bringing Famous Fairytales Into the 21st Century
by Kailey Hansen - May 7, 2016

Once upon a time, in a magical place called the Windy City, a crew of plucky, frisky, outspoken princesses arrived to grace the land with some serious girl power. From May 10 through June 5 at Chicago's Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, audiences will come face-to-face with fairytale characters who have a bone to pick; they'd like to give you details on how their 'happily ever after' really went down. Actress and improviser Miriam Drysdale discusses how DISENCHANTED! brings classic storybook royals to a 21st century audience in our exclusive interview. (more...)

Windy City Playhouse Announces Cast of THIS
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2016

Windy City Playhouse, Chicago's most sophisticated new theater, presents the off-Broadway hit This, a tart 'melanchomedy' centering on four educated, artistically inclined thirtysomething New Yorkers whose longtime friendship is tested by an act of infidelity. Writer, director and playwright Carl Menninger (a former Deerfield native) returns home from Washington, D.C. to direct this piercing, beautifully crafted new play for lovers of language by Melissa James Gibson. Previews for This begin Wednesday, June 15 at Windy City Playhouse, 3014 W. Irving Park. (more...)

FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF to Celebrate 30th Anniversary in Theaters, on iTunes, in Chicago
by TV News Desk - May 4, 2016

In celebration of FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF's 30th anniversary, numerous events will give fans the chance to relive all the humor, antics and magic of being young and carefree. (more...)

BWW Review: CHICAGO Brings its City a 'Splendiferous' Show
by Kailey Hansen - May 12, 2016

There's a moment during the ritzy, jazzy smash hit, Chicago, when charming lawyer Billy Flynn compares a murder trial to a dazzling, show-stopping circus: 'Give'em a show that's so splendiferous,' he says. And that Chicago truly did. (more...)

Broadway AM Report, 5/10/2016 - Heather Headley Joins COLOR PURPLE & More!
by Jessica Khan - May 10, 2016

Today's big news: Heather Headley takes her first bows in Broadway's THE COLOR PURPLE, and the stars gather for CUTTING EDGE COMPOSERS at Feinstein's/54 Below! (more...)

Groupon, Fathom Events & Turner Classic Offer Once-in-a-Lifetime FERRIS BUELLER Experience
by Movies News Desk - May 10, 2016

Thirty years ago, viewers delighted as Ferris Bueller and his friends visited the Willis Tower, drove a Ferrari, hung out at the Art Institute of Chicago and took in a Chicago Cubs game. (more...)

Firebrand Theatre, First Women-Focused Musical Theatre Company, to Launch in Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2016

Harmony France and Danni Smith, Co-Artistic Directors, are pleased to announce the launch of FIREBRAND THEATRE, the first musical theatre company committed to employing and empowering women by expanding opportunities on and off the stage. (more...)

MARY POPPINS to Land in Jefferson Park This April
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2016

Windy City Music Theatre, one of Chicago's fastest-growing professional theatre companies, will present Disney & Cameron Mackintosh's MARY POPPINS, April 2-17, in Jefferson Park. (more...)

Marc Salem's MIND OVER CHICAGO Adds Performances to Run at Apollo Theater
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2016

The newly designed and renovated Apollo Theater Chicago, 2540 N Lincoln Ave, is excited to present a special limited engagement of Marc Salem's Mind Over Chicago, the latest interactive show in Marc Salem's Mind Over... series, created with tasty local flavor specifically for the Windy City. (more...)

Walnut Street Theatre to Present ALWAYS… PATSY CLINE, 4/5-7/3
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2016

Walnut Street Theatre's 2015-2016 Independence Studio on 3 season concludes with a musical celebration of the American country and pop legend, Patsy Cline, with ALWAYS...PATSY CLINE. Directed by Debi Marcucci, the production begins with previews on April 5th, opens on April 7th and continues through July 3rd in the Walnut's Independence Studio on 3. (more...)

Steppenwolf Sets LookOut Summer Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2016

Steppenwolf Theatre Company announced today the summer lineup for LookOut, a new multi-genre performance series, presenting a wide variety of work from a diverse array of voices, artists emerging and established alike. LookOut programming will take place throughout the summer in the 1700 Theatre, Steppenwolf's new 80-seat black box space at 1700 N Halsted St, which connects to the existing building. (more...)

Breaking News: Extra! Nathan Lane and John Slattery to Headline THE FRONT PAGE Broadway Revival; Jack O'Brien to Direct!
by Jessica Khan - Mar 28, 2016

We've got some headline news this evening! 'Front page' news, even. According to the Chicago Tribune, Broadway veteran Nathan Lane and MAD MEN star John Slattery have signed on to lead a new Broadway revival of Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur's play THE FRONT PAGE this fall. (more...)

espnW Brings its Signature Event to the Windy City This April
by TV News Desk - Mar 24, 2016

espnW will bring its signature Women + Sports conference to the Midwest with the inaugural espnW: Women + Sports CHICAGO taking place on Wednesday, April 20. (more...)

Seattle Men's Chorus & Seattle Women's Chorus Welcomes New Artistic Director
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2016

Flying House Productions (FHP) the parent organization for Seattle Men's Chorus and Seattle Women's Chorus, isthrilled to announce that Paul Caldwell will be named the new artistic director, effective August 1, 2016. The organization has flourished under the 35-year artistic leadership of Dennis Coleman, whose retirement was announced in February 2015. Immediately theFHP board of directors began an extensive nationwide search for Coleman's successor; work is currently underway with the Board of Directors, executive director Steven Smith, and Coleman for a smooth transition process. In the coming months Caldwell is expected to relocate from his Chicago-area home where he has worked as artistic director for the Youth Choral Theatre of Chicago, Windy City Gay Chorus, and Windy City Treble Quire. (more...)

The Friday 5: Nashville Rep's CHICAGO
by Jeffrey Ellis - Mar 18, 2016

Nashville Repertory Theatre's unveils its production of the Kander and Ebb classic Chicago this weekend, as Music City is transformed into the Windy City - well, the Andrew Johnson Theatre at TPAC will be, at least - for a three week run of the show that asks the musical question "What price fame?" (more...)

Registration Opens for Fifth Annual BTN Big 10k, 8/6
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2016

CHICAGO, March 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ Registration is now open for the summer race that turns Chicago into a Big Ten tailgate party. The fifth annual BTN Big 10K takes place on Saturday, Aug. 6, and is back with a fresh look on a new course in 2016. (more...)

Lookingglass Sets 2016 Summer Camps
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2016

Lookingglass Theatre Company, now in its 18th year of offering premier summer camps, continues registration for all 2016 camp programs. Lookingglass Education and Community Programs offer summer camps that feature a broad variety and depth of programming designed to offer a unique theatrical experience for all. Lookingglass summer camps instruct students through ensemble-based techniques of transformation, adaptation and invention, instilling self-esteem and confidence in every student. Students develop strong theatrical skills by working with stories from a variety of genres, as well as create new work.   (more...)

Victory Gardens Sets Cast of HILLARY AND CLINTON World Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2016

Victory Gardens Theater announces casting for the next show of its 41st season, the world premiere of Hillary and Clinton by Lucas Hnath, directed by Artistic Director Chay Yew. Hillary and Clinton runs April 1 - May 1, 2016, with the press performance on Friday, April 8, 2016, at 7:30 pm at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue. (more...)

CSz Theater Chicago Sets 28th Anniversary Season Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2016

CSz Theater Chicago announces upcoming 2016 programming in its 28th anniversary season. (more...)

Cast Announced for Windy City Playhouse's Chicago Premiere of THE EXPLORERS CLUB
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2016

Windy City Playhouse, Chicago's newest professional theater, launches 2016 with the Chicago premiere of Nell Benjamin's slapstick farce The Explorers Club, set in a Victorian-era scientific gentleman's club. David H. Bell directs Cristina Panfilio (Chicago Shakespeare Theater's Pericles) as a female anthropologist vying for membership. Alex Goodrich (Elf: The Musical), Ryan Imhoff (Chicago Shakespeare Theater's A Midsummer Night's Dream), Matt Browning (Redtwist's Incident at Vichy), Graham Emmons (Prologue's Porcelain), Dan Rodden (Theater at the Center's On Golden Pond) and Zack Shornick (MPAACT's Ghosts of Atwood) make up the Club members, while Colin Morgan (Oracle's No Beast So Fierce) is Queen Victoria's private secretary and Wesley Daniel (Chicago Shakes' Pericles) is a blue-skinned primitive. Previews for The Explorers Club begin Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at Windy City Playhouse, 3014 West Irving Park Road. Press performances are Thursday, February 4 at 7:30 pm. and Friday, February 5 at 8 p.m. Tickets, $15-$55, are available by calling the box office at 773-891-8985 or visiting (more...)

BWW Reviews: PFP Heats Things Up with BOYS IN BRIEFS
by Misha Davenport - Jan 29, 2016

Pride Films and Plays heats up the Uptown Underground with BOYS IN BRIEFS: AT THE BEACH! (more...)

by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2016

Merrimack Repertory Theatre continues its 2015-16 Season with the regional premiere of "Tinker to Evers to Chance," the touching new work from playwright Mat Smart about mothers, daughters, and baseball. The story spans a century of Chicago Cubs fandom, and resonates with honest questions about love, heartbreak, and hope. MRT Artistic Director Sean Daniels will direct. (more...)

Hottest Articles on for 1/17/2016 - 1/24/2016
by BWW - Jan 24, 2016

Hottest Articles on from 1/17/2016 - 1/24/2016. (more...)

Pie Five Pizza is Saucing on the Southside of Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2016

DALLAS, Jan. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ Pie Five Pizza is blowing the Windy City's expectations of pizza straight out of Lake Michigan. The fast casual leader is bringing farm-fresh ingredients and dough made from scratch to the residents of Oak Lawn where the newest addition to the Chicagoland Pie Five family opens on Friday, January 29, at 11 a.m.It is located at 10916 South Cicero Avenue at the corner of 109 th Street and Cicero Avenue next to Oak Lawn's Mariano's. (more...)

New Political Thriller NOT BLACK AND WHITE Now Available as Audio Book
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2016

CHICAGO, IL - At the end of last year, first time author and local resident, G.A. Beller, hosted auditions for the voice of his new novel, NOT BLACK AND WHITE: From the Very Windy City to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Beller was joined at the judging table by local TV and radio personalities Bob Sirott and Marianne Murciano, Mitch Litrofsky, CEO of the Breakthrough Group and former actor of Broadway, film and television, and Beller's publisher, Vivian Craig of G. Anton Publishing. (more...)

See CUPID HAS A HEART ON... IN BED! Valentine's Weekend at Stage 773
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2016

Coming off of sold out performances at the 15th annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival, The Cupid Players of Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont, will present a special Valentine's Day performance, CUPID HAS A HEART ON... IN BED!, for those looking for an unconventional way to celebrate love on Saturday, February 13. (more...)

Over 850 Events Across the Windy City Come Together for SHAKESPEARE 400 CHICAGO
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2016

The Bard is back! Shakespeare 400 Chicago today announced the festival line-up for 2016, featuring 850 events on stages and in museums, restaurants, parks, schools and neighborhoods across Chicago. (more...)

Chicago DanzTheatre Presents BINDIS AND BRUISES and ECUENTROS
by BWW News Desk - Jan 2, 2016

Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble continues with their 15th season dedicated to the woman's voice. True to their social justice mission of "Performance With A Purpose," CDE creates change through one voice, one story, one person at a time with Bindis and Bruises and Encuentros. (more...)

Twenty-nine women from STEM-focused 'Step IT Up America' headed to State Street Boston
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2016


Tickets to Writers Theatre's ARCADIA Now on Sale
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2016

Writers Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma, presents the first production in the Theatre's new home, Arcadia by Tom Stoppard, directed by Michael Halberstam. The show runs March 16 - April 24, 2016 at the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre in Writer Theatre's new theater center at 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. The Press Opening is Wednesday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

World Premiere of Sarah Gubbins' COCKED to Play Victory Gardens
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2016

Victory Gardens Theater continues its 41st season with the World Premiere of Cocked by Sarah Gubbins, directed by Victory Gardens Theater Associate Artistic Producer Joanie Schultz.  Cocked runs February 12 - March 13, 2016 with the press performance on Friday, February 19, 2016, at 7:30pm at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue. (more...)

Marc Salem's MIND OVER CHICAGO Begins 2/7 at Apollo Theater Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2016

Amazing and amusing, Marc's theatrical creations have been hailed as 'NOT TO BE MISSED!' by ABC News and 'A SUREFIRE 'you-gotta-see-this-show' SHOW!' by Variety. Both fascinating and psychological, his performances have been enjoyed by millions around the world from Broadway and the West End to the Sydney Opera House and Singapore, earning him the name 'The King of the Mind-Readers' by Time Out. (more...)

Sideshow Theatre's MAI DANG LAO to Premiere This Spring at Victory Gardens Theater
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2016

Following its hit production of No More Sad Things, Sideshow Theatre Company is pleased to continue its 2015/16 Season with the world premiere of David Jacobi's chilling new drama MAI DANG LAO, directed by artistic associate Marti Lyons, playing March 6 - April 10, 2016 at Victory Gardens Richard Christiansen Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago. (more...)

Windy City Performing Arts to Present David Cerda in CARMINA BURANA
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2016

WCPA's Windy City Gay Chorus and Windy City Treble Quire are proud to offer two performances of composer Carl Orff's spectacular operatic classic Carmina Burana on Sat, March 19, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church at The Chicago Temple (77 W. Washington St., Chicago). Tickets are available now at (more...)

BWW's On This Day - February 2, 2016
by - Feb 2, 2016

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on February 2 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Casting Announced for Sideshow Theatre's CAUGHT at Victory Gardens
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2016

Sideshow Theatre Company will conclude its 2015/16 Season with CAUGHT, a new, head-spinning collaboration with playwright Christopher Chen, director Seth Bockley and Chicago's Xiong Art Gallery. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Marc Salem's MIND OVER CHICAGO at Apollo Theater
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2016

The newly designed and renovated Apollo Theater Chicago, 2540 N Lincoln Ave, is excited to present a special limited engagement of Marc Salem's Mind Over Chicago, the latest interactive show in Marc Salem's Mind Over… series, created with tasty local flavor specifically for the Windy City. (more...)

BWW Interview: Broadway's Patti Murin to Celebrate Every Day of 2016 with #PartywithPatti
by Matt Tamanini - Dec 30, 2015

'I'm hoping to prove that there's always time to celebrate.' That wish is behind the audacious experiment that Broadway leading lady Patti Murin (LYSISTRATA JONES, WICKED, HOLIDAY INN) is preparing to launch on January 1st, 2016 with her #PartywithPatti initiative. Earlier this month, Murin announced via her blog, Literally Patti Murin, that beginning with the New Year, she would be celebrating as many 'national holidays' as possible in 2016, from the ridiculous to the poignant. (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 12/28/2015 - GOTTA DANCE Opens in Chicago!
by Jessica Khan - Dec 28, 2015

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: GOTTA DANCE opens in the Windy City and Linda Lavin returns to Broadway! (more...)

Cooking Channel Announces May 2016 Highlights
by TV News Desk - Apr 7, 2016

Cooking Channel celebrates in May, at home and on the road, with good food and good times on the menu all month long! (more...)

10 on Tuesday with Sarah Lemp
by Misha Davenport - Apr 5, 2016

10 on Tuesday with Sarah Lemp (more...)

BWW Interview: Lead Dancer Jason O'Neill Talks Irish Dancing and Chicago's RIVERDANCE 20 Run
by Kailey Hansen - Apr 5, 2016

The acclaimed international tour of 'Riverdance 20' is calling the Windy City 'home' for a brief one-week run at the historical Cadillac Palace Theatre this April. In commemoration of the original 'Riverdance' production's 20th anniversary, this reboot features new dance numbers, new music and an all-new, modern spectacle of artful Irish culture. (more...)

Sideshow Theatre Company Names New Executive Director
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2016

Following a lengthy search process, Sideshow Theatre Company is pleased to announce the appointment of Stephanie Weddell as its new executive director effective at the end of April. (more...)

BWW Interview: Erica Stephan of NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT Dishes on Catching the Theater Bug and the Power of Gershwin
by Kailey Hansen - Apr 20, 2016

With Theater at the Center's premiere of the award-winning Broadway musical, NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT, only a few short week's away, things are in full swing (quite literally) for Chicago actress Erica Stephan. This zesty, swingin' show, set in the roaring 20's and chalked full of Gershwin classics, debuts at Indiana's highly acclaimed performing arts center. Before stepping into the shoes of tomboy Billie Bendix, Stephan took time for a quick Q&A. (more...)

Able Social to Host Four-City French Wine Tour This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

Able Social, a NYC based marketing agency specializing in wine and hospitality, has organized a four-city tour with some of the best wine makers from these distinct regions kicking off with the second 'Being #2' by Wines of Corsica' in San Francisco on April 18th and New York City on April 21st and 22nd, followed by the annual Le Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux in Chicago on April 25th and New York City on April 27th. (more...)

Silk Road Rising Extends MOSQUE ALERT
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

?Silk Road Rising's timely world premiere of Jamil Khoury's Mosque Alert has been playing to enthusiastic houses since opening. By popular demand, performances of Mosque Alert have been extended through May 15th. (more...)

ESPN Announces 2016 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL Schedule
by TV News Desk - Apr 15, 2016

The 47th season of Monday Night Football will kick off on ESPN with a doubleheader Monday, September 12 – Pittsburgh Steelers at Washington Redskins (7 p.m. ET) and Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers (more...)

Downstairs Cabaret Theatre to Serve Up FIVE LESBIANS EATING A QUICHE
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2016

Downstairs Cabaret Theatre is excited to announce the hilarious cult show FIVE LESBIANS EATING A QUICHE: May 20-June 19, 2016. (more...)

Hotwire's New Travel Inspiration Indicator Offers Best Travel Deals for Spring 2016
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO, April 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ Spring is here. A time of year when many get the travel bug: from the warm-blooded in search of sunshine to winter sports enthusiasts seeking a few more months of snowy enjoyment to students seeking the hottest party beaches. There are also spring festivals, graduations to attend, and families taking trips over spring break. The Hotwire Travel Inspiration Indicator is a new quarterly guide designed to provide insights on the best deals, what's trending in travel, and how to make spontaneous travel moments attainable for everyone. (more...)

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